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If we can get a picture of Julia Roberts in a thong, we can certainly get a picture of this weirdo. – J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in 2002’s Spider-Man movie.

Well it’s not that difficult to take a good picture of our friendly neighbourhood web slinger and I’m gonna show you guys how it’s done. As part of February’s Tutorials, Tips and Trick, I’m gonna share with your some behind the scenes shots and lighting techniques of my recent Mafex Spider-Man shots.


Let’s start off with how I positioned the figure and also the diorama pieces to get the look that I want. The diorama was arranged in a slanting position to balance the figure to look like it was sitting on a ledge and not having it fall off, so you don’t require a figure stand for this. Next, I placed another piece of the building on the other end and also a picture of the sky which was beautifully painted by my cousin sister! All this was to add a depth of field to the final shot.


The trickiest part is the lightings for this shot. I wanted a sunny afternoon feel to the shot and to achieve that I was lucky enough to have a Xioami Yeelight that is able to mimic that kind of lighting. The Xioami Yeelight is a cheaper alternative to those Philips Hue lights and you can search for them on Amazon I think. I got mine from our local e-tailers over in Malaysia. I used a total of 3 lightings for this series of shots and my main light would the large one – the Yongnuo YN300 III Pro LED video light.  I am using the Canon EOS 1300D with kit lense for my shots. Check out my camera settings below and yes that’s me taking a picture of the settings for you guys with my phone.




This is the final outcome from the shot and I changed the angle using the Lightroom app on my phone. I do most of my editing via the Lightroom app on my phone. So the general rule when I’m doing my shots are as follows :-

  1. Pose your figures.
  2. Get them into the angle that you like most and I always use the viewfinder for the best angles. That being said, you may have to change the poses of your figures to suit that angle that you’ve settled for. Play around with the angles and posing until you get the one that you are satisfied with.
  3. Start positioning your lightings after you’re satisfied with the posing and angles of your shot. Lightings are there to create the mood and atmosphere of your shots and they play an important part in the final outcome of your shots.

Last but not least, there are no official set of rules that you need to follow for toyphotography but those are my general rules when I’m doing my shots. These tutorials are here to give you guys a general idea on how to approach a shot or scene. Practice more and don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s okay to follow or emulate a certain style from the toyphotographers out there but in the end you will definitely discover a style of your own! Remember, it’s not about the competition of having how many hundreds of likes that you get from your shots but just have fun and be happy with what you are doing!


For more of the latest Toy Photography Tutorials, Tips & Tricks, stay tuned to Exclu.


Last modified: June 9, 2019

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